14th September 1796
Reference Numbert17960914-110
SentenceImprisonment > newgate; Corporal > public whipping

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567. JOSEPH MARKS was indicted for feloniously obtaining, on the 2d of August , under false pretences, fourteen pounds of soap, value 10s. the property of Thomas Nannock , by a counterfeit letter , which is as follows:

Mr. Nannock, Sir,

If you please to send by the bearer, fourteen pounds of the best yellow soap; I should have come myself but I have strained my foot, so that I cannot get out of my room; and if you please to pack it up as well as you can, for it is going to Yorkshire to my mother, and the bearer is going to carry it to the Golden-cross, Charing-cross,

And you will oblige your humble servant,

J. Walker, Mop-maker.

I will call and pay you as soon as I can get out of doors.


I am an oilman in Cannon-street : On the 2d of August I received this letter from the prisoner, as an order from Mr. Walker, a mop-maker in Love-lane, Aldermanbury, for fourteen pounds of the best yellow soap, which I gave to the prisoner,(produces the letter); I had never seen the prisoner before.

Q. Did you give it him according to that order without asking any questions? - A. I did.


Q. Look at that order, is that your writing? - A. It is not; I do not know any thing of it, the prisoner worked for me before this, and slept in the house at this time, he had not worked for me for about a fortnight, his wife worked for me then; I understand he was following the flour waggons at this time; I gave him no authority whatever to get this order. (The letter read).

Prisoner's defence. I have not any thing to say, I leave it to the Court.


Imprisoned twelve months in Newgate , and publicly whipped .

Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. RECORDER.

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